Providing optimal legal services
while building long-term
relationships of trust
Our firm maintains the best aspects of traditional corporate legal practice, namely the emphasis on cultivating relationships of trust with our clients. This reflects our origins, with our founding members coming from a law firm with a long history. While we uphold these qualities, we are also oriented to the provision of timely and focused legal services that anticipate changes in the legal environment. We are proud to be, in short, a law firm that is rooted in tradition and that at the same time provides the most advanced legal services. We are commited to having our attorneys provide high quality legal services.
To this end, instead of pursuing expansion for its own sake, we focus on cultivating a team of professionals whose members are thoroughly ethical and equipped with the highest level of expertise and a broad legal perspective. The result, we are confident, is that each of our attorneys stands able to earn our clients’ enduring trust.
In terms of service provision, our approach is grounded in communication and collobaration with our clients, and swift and effective action with the aim of achieving truly beneficial solutions for all. It gives us great pleasure to contribute in this way to the sustainable growth of our clients, which we view as the foundation for the future development of our firm.
“We provide optimal legal services to our clients while building long-term relationships of trust”. This has been our mission ever since we established Shimada Hamba & Osajima, and we remain true to this, our founding vision, today, as each of our attorneys work day-in day-out to best serve our clients’ needs. And so, to our existing clients, and those who may join us in the future, we thank you and look forward to your continued support.
Shimada Hamba & Osajima is a law firm recognized for specialist expertise in corporate legal affairs. While we are, in many respects, a deeply traditional corporate law firm, serving as trusted counsel on all aspects of corporate law and financial law, we have built a practice that provides leading-edge legal services for manufacturers, and meets our clients’ needs in a broad range of business-critical areas, including corporate crisis management, competition law, and cross-border operations. Our firm also has a distinguished track record handling corporate litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution matters. In each practice area, our strength is our ability to deliver optimal solutions, based first on our detailed knowledge of commercial laws and dispute resolution mechanisms, and backed by a practical understanding of management perspectives and the broader economic and legal context. As a result, we consistently receive high evaluations from our clients. Below, we provide a brief introduction to our areas of practice. For further details please see our Practice Areas page.
Our corporate law practice is informed by the extensive know-how that we have cultivated as legal counsel for many major listed companies, and we are often engaged to advise on important management matters – what might be called ‘enterprise management law’ – making a genuine contribution to our clients’ operations. Furthermore, in addition to handling day-to-day legal enquiries, contract drafting and negotiation, we provide practical and effective advice regarding the operation of shareholders’ meetings and the Board of Directors, as well as matters relating to the Companies Act and various industry regulations. We are able to draw on a wealth of experience, our attorneys having handled such cases on a regular basis over many years.
In the area of financial law, we act as legal counsel to several major Japanese financial institutions, including megabanks. We provide a broad range of services: from legal advisor duties for individual financial transactions, to advice on various regulations and codes of conduct, as well as important debt management and collection projects. Many of our attorneys have experience working on secondment at financial institutions in Japan, Japan’s central bank, international financial institutions, and regulatory authorities, and we leverage their experience to provide practical advice based on comprehensive on-the-ground knowledge. We are, accordingly, highly rated in this field.
Our firm also has a solid track record in acting as legal counsel to leading companies in various segments of manufacturing, including infrastructure-related enterprises. Manufacturing law has thus become one of the major practice areas for our firm. We provide legal services to a broad spectrum of clients in manufacturing, addressing the issues that can arise relating to contracts, products and services by offering practical and realistic solutions and advice that is based on expert knowledge of the law and its application in concrete situations.
Over time, we have seen an increase in awareness among companies regarding the legal aspects of crisis management, and also about the scope of business actvities regulated by competition law. Our team, led by attorneys with a wealth of experience in these fields, provides valuable advice for our clients, whether it be to identify risks and prevent problems from occuring, or to address issues that have already come to light. It is a source of pride for us that our corporate clients rely on us most in times of crisis.
Alongside our corporate practice, our firm has earned a deserved reputation in the fields of litigation and dispute resolution. For high-stakes corporate litigation and ADR procedures, we are one of the premier law firms in Japan. We have, for example, represented financial institutions in landmark Supreme Court cases that have had a lasting impact on financial law and practice. We have also obtained many successful settlements in litigation and international arbitration matters that have not been made public. We are confident that by achieving positive outcomes for our clients – resolving disputes, etc. on issues that most directly affect enterprise management – we are making a major contribution to our clients’ continued sucesss.
Legal issues can, of course, arise in any area of corporate activity, including M&A, labor and employment, tax, corporate rehabilitation and debt collection, and, more recently, digital technology and information. Our attorneys having detailed knowledge of these fields also provide a broad range of ongoing legal services for our clients, including representation and advice.
Many of our members have studied abroad, and we have attorneys with legal qualifications from China and Taiwan, as well as jurisdictions in Europe and the United States. We regularly provide legal services for international business law matters, such as cross-border transactions, which are indispensable for the development of a company’s global operations. The number of requests that we receive from companies with an international profile is steadily increasing, reflecting a growing recognition of our know-how and accomplishments in the fields of corporate legal affairs and dispute resolution, and international business law has become a key practice area for our firm.
At Shimada Hamba & Osajima, each of our attorneys have expertise in the field of corporate legal affairs, while having accumulated broad-ranging and generalist experience and the most up-to-date knowledge. And to meet the demands of our clients, therefore, we provide high-quality legal services that maintain the best qualities of a traditional boutique corporate law firm in the various areas of law and dispute resolution described above.